Kimmer's Lists And Favorite Things

  • 1 year ago

So many of you have asked me to place my shopping lists and favorite things all in one place.  So here you go..

My Favorite Products

  • Palmer’s Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil – excellent for massaging the scars
  • Bio Oil – excellent for massaging the scars
  • The wedge pillow system
  • Marena Surgical Bras

Food Shopping List

  • Cottage cheese
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Jell-O Cups
  • Egg Whites
  • Low sodium soups
  • Popsicles
  • Almonds
  • Fresh Veggies
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Applesauce
  • Whole grain breads and crackers
  • Peanut Butter
  • String Cheese
  • Protein Shakes
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Quaker Oatmeal
  • Skim Milk
  • Vanilla Soy Milk
  • Hummus
  • Skip the soda!

Supply Shopping List -  (Pre/Post OP Supplies)

  • Prescribed Pain medications
  • Gauze squares
  • Frozen peas to use as ice packs
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Tylenol
  • Straws for drinking
  • Tums
  • Gas X
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Baby wipes
  • Comfy PJ’s or Men’s extra large white t-shirts
  • Zip up or button up shirts
  • Stretchy Yoga pants
  • Pillows, pillows and more pillows
  • Hospital Bed
  • Magazines
  • Movies

Swelling Tips

  • Relax – stress free zones only
  • Don’t fight it
  • When you swell, kick your feet up and give it up
  • Go slow and don’t overdo it!  Your body will kick you back. 
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stay away from processed foods – SODIUM BOMBS
  • Ice packs – use bags of frozen peas
  • Massage the area

My Aching Back – you must do gentle stretching

  • Lay on the bed with your knees bent and feet flat on the mattress.  At a slow pace lower your legs flat.  Lay like this for a few minutes at a time.  Do this several times a day.  This will take you some time, but keep at it and your aching lower back will ease up. 
  • Apply heat or ice packs – which ever feels better to you at the time
  • Massage the lower back

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Such a wonderful help ! Thank you kimmers
You are very welcome:)
Thankyou kimmers you are a god sent

Ahhh thank you darlin:)

Thank you. My breast reduction is Monday, Dec. 9. This is very helpful!

I will be thinking about you today.  Check back in later and let me know who you are doing.

Thankyou Kimmer for your dedication and ongoing giving to all of us petrified novices. I am so greatful that I found this site and its the women like you who keep the ball rolling and have made my life so much easier during recovery. Thank goodness I found it! I'd be ordering "healthy' takeout and wondering why I was in agony. x

Oh you are so sweet:)   I am over the moon happy to be here for all of my ladies.  This can be a tough process and I am love providing support to smooth the bumps.    

I always wonder what women did years ago for support during recovery.  Prior to RealSelf,  I am sure they were in their beds in agony and alone.  How horrible would that be...Ugh.  


Start drinking prune juice two days prior to surgery - helped a lot this second time around.
good tip!
Thank you for the lists didn't know what to do and get.
I would also like to add a few pairs of large men's boxer briefs. They are roomy enough to not worry about them falling down, and they keep the drains and tubes contained while you're getting up and down. I also couldn't live without my walker or toilet riser for the first few days. The walker helps take the strain off your back while you're walking about. :-)

Good add on's:)

Itotally was going to throw away a pair of my hubbys undies the other day and I was like "hmmm maybe Ill keep these they might be of use in a couple weeks!!" Glad I did hahaha
Thank you for this list!! I wrote it ALL down
Wow thanks for taking the time to do this for us. Thank you so much. Now i know what i need to have at the house for my recovery.
Oh this is exactly what I was looking for thanks!!!

Absolutely, glad to help.


Let me know if you have any questions.

I have a question! My bed is too high so I was planning on living downstiars for two weeks!! If I'm on a recliner do you think that's good or is a bed with a pillow better and maybe just invest in a stepper so I can get on and off my bed?!

I am not a big fan of recliners but some find them helpful for the first couple of nights.  I personally think you would be more comfortable in your own bed.  You can get it all set up with pillows or the pillow wedge system.  The stepper would be very helpful.  

Do you have a bathroom on the main floor?  Steps are a bit challenging for the first few days.   Try to make things as easy as possible for the first couple of weeks.

List very helpful. Thanx
I rented a recliner lift chair because of limited space,and I had a BL & BR along with the ETT.

Good idea:)

How long until you were able to sweep and mop again?